So it's a lovely Saturday.
"Where's your riding gear?" Craig asks.
Truthfully I had considered it. I don't have a helmet but I'm sure the dealership would have let me barrow one, or even thrown it in as part of the package if I was serious about buying.
I won't lie, I had the itch.
In fact, I've had the itch for a while now. It was always there. I would be driving somewhere and see a group of bikers heading out somewhere. I would sometimes see a bike for sale on the side of the road, or in a dealership somewhere. It really started to itch badly when I saw advertisements for the 2018 DGR! It may have been one of the best moments in my motorcycling life...and I wanted to do it again.
The Triumph dealership did have a street twin that seemed to be calling my name. Nice and neat with that classic look that I love so much.
Tempted? Yes, very much so.
They actually had a 2017 on the lot that was still under warranty and the previous owner had switched it over to half pipes and did something else I don't remember to the exhaust. The bike had a low, throaty growl to it that sounded deep and resonate. "That" a random women said to me, "sounds like a motorcycle" and I knew exactly what she meant.
Frankly if the salesman had not pushed so hard, I may have signed some paperwork right then or; at least taken a test ride.
At 900 cc and a high torque engine however, I could see myself getting into trouble quickly on that bike. I hate to admit but I like some speed. I may have been a little to "quick" for my own good on the scooters...so I worried about that...and I know deep down that I would be a hell of a lot more careful.
Plus, even though I learned to ride on a standard transmission motorcycle. I never fully felt comfortable in shifting. When I rode a friend's bike here and there, I never really felt that I mastered shifting...so that was one reason why I switched to, and preferred scooters. That was one less thing to worry about.
Sue and I are talking, and she seems more interested in getting a bike than I am. The Harley Dealership next door had a lovely 35K trike with all the fixings. That is more than I paid for my car, and it was brand new. She would like me to get something like that and again feels that it would be safer.
In a way she is right. Plus I know that with all her medical issues, the days of her climbing on back and just riding with me are slim to none. She knows that too, so a trike may be better overall choice.
Now...can we find one that's affordable?